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International Yoga Day live updates | Kashmiri Pandits perform unique yoga in Kashmir, raise their demands

Here are the latest developments from the celebration of the 8th International Yoga Day on June 21

Here are the latest developments from the celebration of the 8th International Yoga Day on June 21

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Yoga along with thousands of participants at a mass demonstration in the backdrop of the iconic Mysuru Palace on June 21 and said the physical fitness regime was forming a basis for cooperation among countries, and that it can become a problem-solver.

Meanwhile, President of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly Abdulla Shahid said that the celebration of 8th International Yoga Day under the theme ‘Yoga for Humanity’ could not have come at a more opportune time as the COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives and livelihoods, triggering a deluge of anxiety and depression.

Tiruchi

NCC units of Tiruchi Group observe International Day of Yoga

 Nine National Cadet Corps units falling under the NCC Group, Tiruchi observed the International Day of Yoga on Tuesday involving institutions and students from various districts.

As many as 10,055 senior division, senior wing, junior division and junior wing NCC cadets from various schools and colleges from 13 districts including Tiruchi, Karur, Perambalur, Thanjavur, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Ramanathapuram, Ariyalur and Theni participated in the International Day of Yoga organised at 163 locations. 

Srinagar

Kashmiri Pandits perform unique yoga in Kashmir

Kashmiri Pandit employees adopted a novel way of using yoga to highlight their demand for relocation out of Kashmir in the wake of recent attacks on minorities in the valley.

The Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees, who have been protesting since the killing of Rahul Bhat on May 12, observed the International Day of Yoga at their camp site at Sheikhpora Migrant Colony in Budgam. The protesting employees performed various asanas and raised slogans like “we want justice” instead of the vedic chants associated with the practice. While some of these employees pasted placards in support of their demands on their torso, several others wore T-shirts bearing photographs of Bhat.

“We have been sitting here in protest everyday and today through this programme, we want to convey our demand to the state government,” one of the employees said.

Jammu

Northern Army Commander leads 1.75 lakh troops, families to perform yoga in J-K, Ladakh

Northern Army Commander Lt. General Upendra Dwivedi led over 1.75 lakh troops and 75,000 families of the Northern Command to perform yoga and complimented the soldiers for incorporating yoga asanas into their daily routine in extreme high altitude areas.

The Army commander performed various yoga asanas at the forward areas of eastern Ladakh at a height beyond 15,000 feet on the International Day of Yoga, a Defence Spokesman said.

Lt. General Dwivedi is on a four-day visit to Ladakh.

A large number of soldiers under the operational control of northern command and their families performed yoga with great enthusiasm throughout the command areas in the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, officials said.

Maldives

Mob storms yoga day event in Maldives

An angry mob on Tuesday stormed the Maldives national football stadium and attacked participants at the ‘Yoga Day’ event organised by the Indian High Commission and the Maldivian government.

The country’s police force soon arrived and tackled the mob, allowing the event to resume, Male-based officials said. Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih termed it a matter of “serious concern”.

Itanagar

Arunachal celebrates International Day of Yoga in 45 locations

Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Yoga in 45 different locations of the State.

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju led the event at Dong in Anjaw district, bordering China .It is the eastern-most village in India, near the point where borders of India, China and Myanmar meet.

Dong receives the first sunrise in India, thus earning it the nickname ‘India’s Land of the Rising Sun’. – PTI

Noida

World benefiting from yoga due to initiative taken by PM Modi: BJP chief

BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda said the whole world is now benefiting from yoga due to the initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Yoga not only makes one physically strong but also provides mental strength, said Nadda, who participated in a programme in Noida, adjoining Delhi, in Gautam Buddh Nagar district of western Uttar Pradesh to mark the eighth International Day of Yoga.

“Yoga is a symbol of healthy body, through yoga we can make our body healthy and beautiful. Yoga not only makes us physically but mentally strong. Today the whole world is benefiting from yoga due to the initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji,” the BJP chief tweeted in Hindi. – PTI

Assam

Assam Governor, CM joins enthusiasts on International Yoga Day

Assam marked the International Yoga Day with sessions across the State, with the governor and the Chief Minister participating at different sessions, along with people from all walks of life, from security personnel to school students. Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and his wife Prem Mukhi joined yoga enthusiasts at the Raj Bhavan in Guwahati for a session in the morning hours. – PTI

New Delhi

Gautam Gambhir takes part in yoga day celebration at Delhi’s Ganga Ram hospital

Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir on June 21 took part in an event held at a leading private facility to mark the International Day of Yoga. The cricketer-turned-politician performed various ‘asanas’ along with many doctors, staff and students at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, officials said. – PTI

Nagaland

Nagaland celebrates International Yoga Day

Nagaland on June 21 celebrated the International Day of Yoga with the theme ‘Yoga for humanity’. The main event was held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare minister S. Pangnyu Phom, many bureaucrats, security personnel and school and college students participated in the event. – PTI

Gujarat

Only healthy citizens can build a developed nation: Mandaviya

Girls perform Yoga on their two-wheeler at a ground on International Yoga Day in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday joined the International Yoga Day celebrations at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia and called on citizens to take a pledge to be healthy to contribute to the country’s development.

Underlining the benefits of the ancient practice, Mr. Mandaviya, who performed yoga asanas along with hundreds of participants, said the citizens of a country need to be healthy for it to become a developed nation, according to a health ministry statement.

Mr. Mandaviya said yoga embodies unity of mind and body, and thought and action. It is a holistic approach that is invaluable to health and well-being. – PTI

Madhya Pradesh

M.P. CM happy over spread of yoga across globe, stresses on giving priority to good health

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan celebrated International Yoga Day with some school children and dignitaries on June 21 and expressed happiness that the ancient Indian practice of yoga has now spread across the world. He said that people’s priority in life should be to stay healthy.

Mr. Chouhan rolled out a mat and performed yoga exercises along with students and some dignitaries at his official residence in Bhopal. The main programme was earlier scheduled at the Lal Parade Ground in the presence of school children, but rains on Monday evening forced the organisers to cancel the event there. – PTI

Hyderabad

Yoga has no barriers of age, caste or religion: Vice President Naidu

Yoga has no barrier of age, caste, geography or religion and everyone should make the ancient physical fitness regime a part of their daily routine to reap its rich benefits, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on June 21.

Addressing the International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations organised by the Ministries of Culture and Ayush, he said, “Yoga is time-tested. Yoga has no barrier, no age, no caste, no region, no religion. That’s why it is universal.” He complimented Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking Yoga to the United Nations and popularising it across the globe. – PTI

Karnataka

Yogic energy giving direction to global health: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering in front of the Mysore Palace during the International Day of Yoga celebrations, on June 21, 2022, in Mysuru, India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering in front of the Mysore Palace during the International Day of Yoga celebrations, on June 21, 2022, in Mysuru, India.
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Describing yoga day as a ‘global festival’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yogic energy is giving direction to global health.

“Yogic energy, which has been nurtured for centuries by spiritual centres of India like Mysuru, is today giving direction to global health,” Mr Modi said while addressing a gathering on the occasion of 8  th International Day of Yoga at Mysuru on June 21.

Bengaluru

International Yoga Day celebrations in Bengaluru

Participants take part in a mass yoga event to mark the International Day of Yoga at Manekshaw parade ground in Bengaluru on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Participants take part in a mass yoga event to mark the International Day of Yoga at Manekshaw parade ground in Bengaluru on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
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Participants take part in a mass yoga event to mark the International Day of Yoga at Manekshaw parade ground in Bengaluru on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Participants take part in a mass yoga event to mark the International Day of Yoga at Manekshaw parade ground in Bengaluru on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: The Hindu

Himachal Pradesh

On PM Modi’s call, entire world adopted Yoga: Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur on June 21 said it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who explained to the United Nations General Assembly the importance of yoga and appealed to the world to adopt it.

“On his call, all the countries of the world adopted yoga and resolved to celebrate the International Yoga Day every year on June 21. This is a big achievement for India,” the minister for information and broadcasting said during a yoga practice session at Katoch Palace in Sujanpur.

People are often seen performing yoga in corporate houses, offices, shopping malls and airports, Mr. Thakur said, adding ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is being celebrated with the theme “Yoga for Humanity” at 75 famous historical heritage sites across the country. – PTI

Nepal

International Yoga Day celebrations in Nepal

People perform yoga during an event organised to mark International Yoga Day in Kathmandu, Nepal on June 21, 2022.

People perform yoga during an event organised to mark International Yoga Day in Kathmandu, Nepal on June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Karnataka

‘Mysore pak’ and ‘masala dosa’ part of breakfast menu for PM at royal palace

People prepare to perform yoga in front of the Mysore Palace during the International Day of Yoga celebrations, on June 21, 2022, in Mysuru, India.

People prepare to perform yoga in front of the Mysore Palace during the International Day of Yoga celebrations, on June 21, 2022, in Mysuru, India.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 21 had breakfast with the erstwhile royal family of Mysuru at the palace, where the famous ‘Mysore pak’ and ‘Mysore masala dosa” were part of the menu.

The PM, who led the Yoga Day celebrations on the premises of the ‘Amba Vilas Palace’, drove back to the palace for breakfast on the invitation from the royal family after inaugurating the ‘Innovative Digital Yoga Exhibition’ at Dasara Exhibition Grounds.

Mysuru royal scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and “Rajmata” Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, earlier in the day had shared the stage with Mr. Modi at the Yoga Day event. – PTI

Ladakh

ITBP officials celebrating International Yoga Day in Ladakh

Rajasthan

Rajasthan Governor, Raj Bhavan staff perform yoga asanas

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra performed yoga asanas with officers and employees of the Raj Bhavan on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga on June 21 and said the ancient practice is integral to holistic well-being.

He said that yoga not only keeps the body healthy but also keeps the mind positive, according to an official statement. Mr. Mishra credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking yoga to the international level and said that this is a testament to the Indian tradition of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family). – PTI

Uttar Pradesh

International Yoga Day celebrations in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others performing yoga during the 8th International Yoga Day celebration at Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others performing yoga during the 8th International Yoga Day celebration at Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others performing yoga during the 8th International Yoga Day celebration at Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others performing yoga during the 8th International Yoga Day celebration at Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

Britain

Wild Kundalini Yoga class in Britain

Members of Wild Sea Women take part in a Wild Kundalini Yoga class during sunrise in Seaburn, Britain, on June 21, 2022.

Members of Wild Sea Women take part in a Wild Kundalini Yoga class during sunrise in Seaburn, Britain, on June 21, 2022.
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Members of Wild Sea Women take part in a Wild Kundalini Yoga class during sunrise in Seaburn, Britain, on June 21, 2022.

Members of Wild Sea Women take part in a Wild Kundalini Yoga class during sunrise in Seaburn, Britain, on June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Andhra Pradesh

International Yoga Day celebrations in Visakhapatnam

Minister of State for ports, shipping and waterways Shantanu Thakur (second from right) participating in a programme at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium on International Day of Yoga in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Minister of State for ports, shipping and waterways Shantanu Thakur (second from right) participating in a programme at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium on International Day of Yoga in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

Participants at a programme at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium organised on the occasion of International Day of Yoga in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Participants at a programme at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium organised on the occasion of International Day of Yoga in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

Maharashtra

International Yoga Day celebrations in Mumbai

People perform yoga in front of the Taj hotel, during International Yoga Day in Mumbai, India, on June 21, 2022.

People perform yoga in front of the Taj hotel, during International Yoga Day in Mumbai, India, on June 21, 2022.
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People perform yoga in front of the Gateway of India, during International Yoga Day in Mumbai, India, on June 21, 2022.

People perform yoga in front of the Gateway of India, during International Yoga Day in Mumbai, India, on June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Tamil Nadu

International Yoga Day celebrations in Tamil Nadu

College students performing yoga on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga at Vellalar College for Women at Thindal in Erode in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

College students performing yoga on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga at Vellalar College for Women at Thindal in Erode in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
| Photo Credit: M. Govarthan

Children practising asanas during the International Day of Yoga celebrations organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra at Mahatma Gandhi Stadium in Salem in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Children practising asanas during the International Day of Yoga celebrations organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra at Mahatma Gandhi Stadium in Salem in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

New Delhi

Finance Minister performs yoga at Jantar Mantar

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman performs yoga during the International Yoga Day at the historic Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman performs yoga during the International Yoga Day at the historic Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

New Delhi

Delhi Lt. Governor performs yoga

Delhi Lt. Governor V.K. Saxena performing yoga during the International Yoga Day at the Connaught Place in New Delhi on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Delhi Lt. Governor V.K. Saxena performing yoga during the International Yoga Day at the Connaught Place in New Delhi on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

Gujarat

People have understood importance of healthy lifestyle based on yoga: Gujarat CM

People perform yoga on the banks of the river Yamuna, during International Yoga Day in New Delhi, India, on June 21, 2022.

People perform yoga on the banks of the river Yamuna, during International Yoga Day in New Delhi, India, on June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of State for Finance Dr. Bhagwat Karad led a crowd of nearly 7,500 people in performing yoga on Tuesday morning at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

“More and more people have understood the importance of a healthy lifestyle based on yoga and ‘pranayam’ after the coronavirus outbreak,” Mr. Patel said addressing the participants.

The CM also said they would make available qualified yoga trainers will be with the help of the Gujarat State Yog Board, established by the State Government two years back. – PTI

Srinagar

J&K L-G Manoj Sinha leads hundreds at mass yoga programme

New Delhi

CM Kejriwal performs Yoga with hundreds of Delhiites

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal performs Yoga with hundreds of Delhiites.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal performs Yoga with hundreds of Delhiites.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal performed Yoga asanas along with hundreds of people at Thyagaraj stadium on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Tuesday.

He appealed to people to resolve to practise Yoga and Pranayam every day. Mr. Kejriwal joined members of ‘Dilli Ki Yogashala’ along with his deputy Manish Sisodia at the stadium for the Yoga session. – PTI

Kolkata

CISF performs yoga in front of Victoria Memorial

Members of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and their family members perform yoga in front of the historic Victoria Memorial monument, built during British colonial rule, on International Yoga Day in Kolkata, India, on June 21, 2022.

Members of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and their family members perform yoga in front of the historic Victoria Memorial monument, built during British colonial rule, on International Yoga Day in Kolkata, India, on June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

United Nations

Power of yoga is power of unity: UNGA President

The power of yoga is the power of unity for a healthier and prosperous future for all and it is here to stay, President of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly Abdulla Shahid has said, underlining that the practice offers a holistic approach at a time when the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic that triggered a deluge of anxiety and depression.

Mr. Shahid was addressing a special commemorative event organised by the Permanent Mission of India to the U.N. on Monday.

New Delhi

Yoga India’s gift to humanity, holistic approach to health: President Kovind

The Rashtrapati Bhavan shared pictures of the President practising Yoga.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan shared pictures of the President practising Yoga.
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Yoga is India’s gift to humanity and it is a holistic approach to health and well-being, balancing mind, body and soul, President Ram Nath Kovind said on June 21, greeting people on the International Yoga Day. He also asked everyone to make Yoga a part of their daily life and experience its benefits.

Mysuru

Yoga brings peace to our universe, says PM Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of Indians to mark International Day of Yoga at Mysore Palace, in Mysuru, India, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of Indians to mark International Day of Yoga at Mysore Palace, in Mysuru, India, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
| Photo Credit: AP

Yoga brings peace to our universe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, as he led the main event of the International Day of Yoga in the backdrop of the iconic Mysuru Palace on June 21.

Thousands of people joined the Prime Minister in the mass Yoga demonstration. “This whole universe starts from our own body and soul. The universe starts from us”, Mr. Modi said. “And, Yoga makes us conscious of everything within us and builds a sense of awareness.”




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